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The Legend of the Bell

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The Legend of the Bell

October – especially because of Halloween – brings out a superstitious side of us. From avoiding ladders to making sure black cats don’t cross your path – this is the month to scare the crap out of your friends and watch over your shoulder for a rogue zombie. The motorcycling community is no stranger to superstition – from riding with the rear pegs down to green bikes being bad luck to – our personal favorite – the Gremlin Bell.

While the exact origin is unknown – the superstition says that by attaching a small silver or brass bell to the lowest part of a motorcycle’s frame, the rider will be protected from road gremlins trying to harm them. If the road gremlins do grab a rider’s bike – the hollow part of the bell will catch them – and while they may be able to hold on initially, the ringing and bouncing of the bell will drive them crazy and they will let go – leaving the rider safe to ride on. Here’s the catch though – riders can’t purchase these bells for themselves – they need to be given one from another rider as a sign of goodwill and camaraderie.

This tradition runs deep with Harley riders – but many other cruiser and touring riders have also adopted it over the years. And while there will never be a way to prove if this superstition is real – October is the month to give it a chance – so hit the road during this weirdly spooky month and toll the bell.

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6 Responses

  1. When you believe in what ever it is you believe in, there will be a certain amount of energy generated by you in direct correlation to your own strength of that belief. No different then a religious person wearing a Jesus cross or Jewish Star of David. When you actively believe the belief is REAL. The danger is, in this case, trusting a little bell more then your own motorcyclist skills.

  2. While I train to ride safely and have ridden for years, I still get my bike blessed and have a bell.

    Its rough out there, I need all the help I can get!

  3. My friends and I lost a good friend to cancer last year. We visited him at his home and asked him to hold onto two bells. I said "later on" we will tie the bell to our handlebar and we are ready to take off on a ride we ring the bell to let Gail know we are taking off. Often when the wind rings the bell I tell my deceased friend, "it is good to hear from you"

    It is a nice way to remember a loved one.

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